Polished rocks offer a natural beauty that synthetic beads do not have. Fortunately, there are various methods you can use to turn them into jewellery. With these tools, and the use of glue or wire. beautiful polished rocks can become a pair of earrings, a bracelet or a necklace. With enough practice, you can make polished stone jewellery that appears to have been designed by a professional.
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Things you need
- Bell cap
- Epoxy glue
- Jump rings
- 2 earring hooks
- Flat-nose pliers
- Round-nose pliers
- Jewellery wire
- Side-cutting pliers
- Necklace chain, 18 inches long
Select a bell cap that is big enough to fit one end of a polished rock. Apply some epoxy glue to the part of the bell cap that will rest on the polished rock when it is inserted. If the bell cap has prongs, for instance, apply epoxy glue to the inside of each prong. Push one end of a polished stone into the bell cap. Repeat the process for a second stone. Let the pieces dry for at least 24 hours.
Hold a jump ring in the jaws of a pair of flat nose pliers. Use another pair of flat nose pliers to grip one end of the jump ring at the opening. Pull this end gently to open the jump ring.
Slide the loop of the bell cap and the loop of an earring hook onto the jump ring. Use the flat nose pliers to pull the end of the jump ring back into its original position. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to create a second earring.
Cut a length of wire. A piece of wire that is about 10 inches should be adequate for small to medium-sized stones.
Form a spiral. Grip one end of the wire with a pair of round-nose pliers and hold the other end in your other hand. Turn the pliers to the right or left to form a loop, then turn the pliers again to form a spiral around the loop. Take the curved wire off the round-nose pliers and place it, flat, between the jaws of a pair of flat-nose pliers. Pull the straight end of the wire taut with your other hand, then rotate the flat nose pliers to form another layer of the spiral. Repeat this motion until you have four additional layers of the spiral. Do not cut the wire.
Place one end of a stone on the spiral. Use your fingers to push the spiral's layers up and around the bottom of the stone until the wire fits snugly around the base of the stone. Wrap the loose end of the wire around the body of the stone, making the spaces between the wrappings as small or as wide as you wish.
Begin to make the spaces between the wire wrappings smaller as you come closer to the top of the stone, with the last four wire wrappings at the top as close as possible. Make the excess wire at the top straight as possible. Grip the wire with the flat-nose pliers and bend it to the left at a 90-degree angle. Take the pliers off.
Use the round-nose pliers to grip the wire at the bend. Twist the pliers to the right until the loose part of the wire is pointing to the right side. Hold the wire in your other hand and wrap it around the wire just under the round-nose pliers twice. Cut the excess wire off.
Make a necklace with the wrapped stone. Use side-cutting pliers to cut a length of chain 18-inches long and slide the wrapped stone onto the chain. Open a jump ring and slide one end of the chain and one half of a clasp onto the ring. Close the ring. Repeat this step for the other end of the chain.
Create a bracelet by following steps 1 through 5 to wrap seven more stones. Connect the wrapped stones with 6 jump rings. Open one more jump ring, slide one half of a clasp onto the ring then connect it to one end of the bracelet. Close the ring. Repeat for the other end of the bracelet.
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Tips and warnings
- Precious metal wire can be expensive. Since you're likely to make mistakes in the beginning, practice wrapping beads with inexpensive craft wire.
- With practice, you will be able to estimate the amount of wire you need for wire wrapping projects.
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